Things to Consider When Choosing Your Window Drapes

Too many options can be paralyzing. The same is true when choosing the right window treatments for your home windows.

We can help ease the burden with this step by step guide in the window drapes that will suit you and your family.

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First Consideration: Function

Most women jumped into choosing window treatments based on style. The practical way to do it is to start with the function first. Ask yourself the question: “why do I need window treatments?”

If your aim is total darkness or privacy, lined curtains or window drapes is the way to go. If you only want the light streaming through your windows filtered and if the window treatments is simply for decorative purposes, going unlined will do.

It goes without saying, though, that having a lining is more expensive. But, the added expense does come along with it certain advantages.  The lining shields the fabric from sun damage. In this way, your curtains last longer. Lining adds heft to the drapes. This can protect the people inside the house from drafts. Style-wise, it helps the curtains to drape more luxuriously.

If you aim to have good insulation, light blockage, and good durability, go for drapes with interlining, aside from the lining.

What is an interlining?

An interlining is a layer of fabric that’s flannel-like. It is sewn between the lining and the front fabric.

It is not available, however, for ready-made window drapes. They can only be incorporated on custom drapes.

Style: Fabric

The texture of the window drapes matter. It provides mood to the room. In formal spaces, velvet or heavy silk are recommended. Velvet is a great insulator, as well. Both velvet and silk, however, are dry-clean only.

But, fret not. There are practical options available that are washable. You can opt for cotton sateen or rayon blends that look and feel silky.

If you will be going for the casual feel, billowy linens are recommended. But, it is dry-cleaned only, as well. Crushed velvet that’s crinkly will provide that casual moss, as well. Cotton blends, if cotton is not available, can work with any type of type in the room. Plus, it provides a neat feel and look. Another option that will provide the same effect is the wool, or if not available, wool blends. It is in vogue regardless of the season.

Style: Color

First thing that you will have to decide is whether or not you want your drapes to blend into your room décor, or if you prefer to have it pop.

If you prefer to have it blend, choose drapes that have the same tone as your room walls, but darker by a few shades.

If you choose a color that pops from your room décor, also consider how it will look if you choose unlined drapes. Sunlight can infuse color to the room when it streams through your unlined drapes.

Style: Prints or Patterns

Remember this: if you have patterned bedding or furniture, or rug, use solid colors on your drapes. If you have solid-colored furniture, go for patterns. If you want to be daring, go for large, graphic prints.

Interior design and picking the right blinds

I have worked as an interior designer on and off for the last few years depending on the number of other opportunities that I had and what other work I could find that was probably a bit better paying. It is still always nice to have something to fall back on though and for me, decorating people’s homes is that thing. I mean, I am pretty good at it I think. I have always been really good with patterns, colors and matching things that just look and feel good together. I don’t always find it the most fulfilling work but it is always nice to see how happy people are when they see how nicely the new drapes match with the new upholstery on the sofa and how well all of it goes with the new coat of paint on the walls. I guess I do like that part, it feels good to make people happy.

window coverings Recently I got back into doing some interior design for this couple that I met at a little dinner party that a friend of mine had organized and hosted a month or so beforehand. They are a young couple who just got married last fall and are not looking to start their first home together. I think that at least one, if not both, of them come from some sort of money because they seem to really want to go all in with the place and make it nice. I remember when my husband and I first got married we lived in this disgusting apartment with one chair and numerous infestations. Even though in retrospect I think it was a wonderful experience where we learned and grew a lot together, I can also see the desire to just skip that part of growing up and becoming an adult if you can. I mean no one likes to be broke and miserable right?

These two seem to have a pretty good start though. Right now we are working on picking colors for most of the rooms. They do not like much about the color scheme or decorating that is currently in the place so we are pretty much ransacking everything and starting over. As soon as the colors for the walls are picked out we can start looking at some new pieces of furniture and then some new blinds or shades to go on especially the downstairs windows. I think anything on the ground level requires both drapes and blinds or any other dual combination that allows for a bit of extra privacy when it is wanted or needed. For the upstairs windows I would say that as long as the windows are not facing any sort of direct window or line of sight from someone else’s home, it should not really be that big of a deal and only one of the other should be sufficient. Of course this is up to the homeowner and not really my decision. I just make sure that everything looks nice.